The 2016 Nobel prize for physics goes to three unexpected recipients

The 2016 Nobel prize for physics goes to three unexpected recipients
 

YOU cannot have half a hole. That is the essence of topology, a branch of geometry which deals in “invariants”, such as holes, that can exist in geometric shapes only in discrete, integer numbers. This year’s Nobel prize for physics has gone to three researchers who have applied topology to materials science, and have come up with theoretical explanations about the behaviour of unusual states of matter as a result.
The winners are David Thouless of the University of Washington, in Seattle, Duncan Haldane of Princeton University, in New Jersey, and Michael Kosterlitz of Brown University, in... read more

 
4 October 2016 in Science &Technology, Views: 36
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